We are pleased to provide the following awards and subsidies for some of the artists in the exhibition. It is our aim to increase the support for each artist to cover their freight and to increase the minimum amount each artist receives towards their costs of exhibiting.
Chosen by the exhibition’s Judging Panel, the Aqualand Sculpture Award is an acquisitive award with the sculpture to be gifted for permanent public exhibition to Sydney Harbour Federation Trust for the people of Sydney and visitors to our city to enjoy for years to come.
PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS OF THE MAJOR PRIZE AT SCULPTURE BY THE SEA
From 1997 – 2004 Sydney Water provided the main award at Sculpture by the Sea with the majority of the award winning works gifted to Campbelltown Arts Centre. In 2006 and 2007 NAB provided the major award with the works gifted to Orange Regional Gallery. From 2009 – 2012 the Balnaves Foundation provided the major award, with the works gifted to the Royal Botanic Gardens. From 2013 – 2015 Macquarie Group provided the major award with the works gifted to Sydney Harbour Federation Trust for placement at George’s Heights. The Aqualand Sculpture Award will be gifted each year from 2016 – 2018 for permanent public placement in Sydney.
In 2011, for the first time in 14 years, thanks to the incoming NSW Government, through Arts NSW, each artist received state funding towards their costs. This extremely important support, for 2011-15, is a minimum subsidy of $2,000 for each artist who does not otherwise earn this amount from exhibition sales or awards.
The Helen Lempriere Scholarships are the realisation of a bequest by the late Keith Wood, honouring his wife, Helen Lempriere. Helen Lempriere was one of Australia’s leading female artists in the mid-20th Century, attracting national and international acclaim for her painting, printmaking and sculpture. Sculpture by the Sea is proud to be managing in partnership with Perpetual, three scholarships of $30,000 cash that will be received by the awarded artists to assist with the advancement of their careers through study or research. As part of this year’s 20th anniversary celebrations, Perpetual, the managers of the Helen Lempriere Bequest, have made possible a fourth $30,000 Helen Lempriere Scholarship for Australian artists.
The 2020/2021 recipients are:
Thank you to Transfield Holdings for 14 years of sponsorship. Since 2011 Transfield’s sponsorship has covered the cost of the cranes and heavy equipment to install and remove the sculptures from the exhibition site, benefiting almost every artist in the exhibition. In previous years artists had to meet these costs themselves.
The Transfield Australian Invited Artist Program funds two major new works each year for Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi supporting the careers of leading sculptors.
In 2021, a new $15,000 subsidy for Danish Artists made possible with thanks to the Friendship Society of Denmark, Australia and New Zealand and the Australian private donors to the exhibition will be available. Two Danish artists will be selected from submissions, one for each of the next two Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibitions in 2021 and 2022.
In 2019, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi Major Partner Transfield and Sculpture by the Sea were pleased to announce two respected sculptors as recipients of the year’s Transfield Australian Invited Artists Program of $15,000 each:
Every year since 2003 Sell & Parker has provided oxycut steel and scrap metal at no cost to as many as 20 artists in each exhibition. This is a considerable contribution to the material costs of the artists, enabling many of them to work on a scale they could not otherwise afford.
The Clitheroe Foundation and Sculpture by the Sea established The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Sculptor Mentorship Program in 2006, awarding $15,000 each to 2 selected artists. The mentor program aims to encourage professional and meaningful fellowships between emerging sculptors and established practitioners. In benefit of Sculpture by the Sea‘s established organisational framework, the program facilitates a skills exchange between the emerging artists and their mentors and provides a forum for the professional and technical development of the emerging sculptors.
The artists selected for the 2020 Clitheroe Emerging Sculptor Mentorship Program:
Sivaan Walker (NSW)
Sian Watson (NSW)
In 2019 the Israeli Artist subsidy of $20,000 was awarded to Arik Levy
The recipient of the 2019 Wallace Arts Foundation New Zealand Sculptor Award of NZ$5,000 is Katja Grinling (Denmark) for her work ‘Thru’.
The 2019 Allens People’s Choice Prize of $5,000, as voted by visitors of the exhibition was awarded to Joel Adler (NSW) for his work, ‘Viewfinder’.
The 2019 Kids’ Choice Prize of $4,000 donated by Rebel Penfold-Russell OAM, as voted by the children visiting the exhibition was awarded to Joel Adler (NSW) for his work, ‘Viewfinder’.
The 2019 Waverley Council Mayor’s Prize of $5,000 is awarded to Jimmy Rix (VIC) for his work ‘Waiting for Rain’.
The 2019 Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation of $5,000 to exhibit in Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2020 was awarded to Tan Xun (China) and Sally Kidall (NSW).
The Sydney Water Environmental Sculpture Subsidy of $5000 supports an artist whose work is associated with sustainability, conservation and/or for those artists who use water, wind, solar power and the natural elements in their sculptures. In 2018, the subsidy has been awarded to Small Ocean Collaboration with Jeremy Sheehan for their work Inundation. Between 1997 and 2004, Sydney Water generously supported artists exhibiting in Sculpture by the Sea through provision of acquisitive works gifted to Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery.
The 2019 Parker’s Juices Artist Subsidy of $5,000 to exhibit in Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2019 was awarded to Denise Pepper (WA).
Dinosaur Designs has provided trophies for the award winning artists since 2004.